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How to Choose the Right Doors and Windows for Your Home

Ensuring you install the correct windows and doors in your home is extremely important. Doors and windows that are ill-fitting or those made from the wrong materials can jeopardise your home’s safety against burglary and lower its energy efficiency rating. Here are some tips on how to choose the right doors and windows for your home.

Material

Windows are available to buy in timber, uPVC, aluminium, composite materials, and doors, usually in a choice of wood, uPVC, and composite.

Wooden window frames and doors made from wood – whether it be softwood or hardwood, look great in old traditional buildings and new builds. The downside of wood is that it requires a high level of maintenance and needs to be painted, stained, or varnished regularly. Wood may also warp in damp weather. However, wooden doors and windows can be painted in any colour you like, which makes it a very versatile choice, appearance-wise.

Aluminium windows are a popular choice for contemporary homes because of their thin frames or even, frameless appearance. They are also a great choice because they can last up to 40 years and require little maintenance. A downside of this type of window is that they can be pretty expensive and the range of colours, limited.

A popular choice for doors and windows over the past decade are those made from composite materials. Companies such as Roofline Design offer a range of composite doors and windows in various styles and colours. Composite items are very low maintenance, sturdy and warm. They are constructed from layers comprising a timber core with a weather-proof capping such as plastic or aluminium. They are, however, expensive in comparison to other materials.

UPVC is currently the most popular option of doors and windows in the UK due to their durability, the fact they have little upkeep, and most of all; they are much cheaper than the alternatives.

Function

The doors and windows you choose for your home will largely depend upon the purpose you wish them to fulfil. If you want doors out to your back garden, you may want to consider bi-fold doors, sliding doors, or French windows. A front door will probably need to be more private and not have a large amount of glass. If you have a room built into the attic, you will require Velux windows or a roof lantern.

Glazing

There are a few different choices of glass you can get for glazing windows and doors. These choices include tempered, decorative, clear, and tinted glass. Tinted and frosted glass will offer privacy, and decorative glass can give windows a stained glass look for a beautiful addition to the décor of your home. Glass for windows and doors is available in single, double, and triple layers. The greater the number of layers, the better the insulation, so if you live in a very cold climate, you should opt for triple glazing. If you have a conservatory, you may want to consider installing glass with a film to reflect heat and keep the conservatory cool in summer.